Williamsburg International’s First Team defeated FC Japan NY on Sunday 4-1 at Randall’s Island in Cosmopolitan Soccer Leage D2 action.
After some fine early saves from FC Japan’s keeper, including a denial of a very fine header from Mark Gallagher, the first goal came by springing John Kaddo down the right. Kaddo, the joint-top scorer in CSL’s second division, fired a shot across goal that the keeper couldn’t handle.
FC Japan retained possession well, leaving WIFC to marshal its potent counterattack. But the second goal came from a set piece. An excellent free kick on the right from Nikita Petrov found Oliver Harrison, who drilled a header into the low left corner. Absolute class from both.
Right winger Kevin Ruppel was causing FC Japan’s defense all kinds of trouble, so it was a shame he had to come off injured in the first half as WIFC was seeking a third goal to put the game away.
But even missing Ruppel, the game should have been well in hand by half time given the number of quality WIFC chances. Instead, the two goal lead rested on a knife’s edge as FC Japan held possession well and looked to take advantage of every free kick into the box.
The Doylies continued to have chances in the second half, including a long range shot off the post from Harrison, who looked to take advantage of FC Japan’s keeper having come quite far off his line to snuff out a WIFC attack.
The Doylies kept at it and eventually found the goals to kill the game. Kaddo continued to caused trouble on the right, and his low cross setting up Gallagher for his more traditional right footed finish.
Then, from a WIFC corner – with central defender Misha Carrel-Thomas storming into the box looking to grab a share of the spoils – Mark Gallagher spotted the run, took aim…and found glory-hound Jason Roos, whose header was nearly the equal of Harrison’s.
After 6 years, more than 80 matches and 5,000+ minutes in a Williamsburg uniform this was Roos’ first goal scored in CSL action.
With the result locked down, it was time for the WIFC to see the game out. To nobody’s surprise, with a minute or two to go FC Japan nicked a goal, breaking through down the right for a nice shot across the goalkeeper into the far side netting.
Next week the Doylies take on the high scoring Manhattan Kickers, who sit in third place, two points above them in the table.